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Outdoors Around Missouri: Enjoying our State Parks

Apr 16, 2019, 08:13 AM

WSRA Blog 2019 Outdoors Around MO

The snow has melted and the air is losing its bitter cold bite. What does that mean? It’s time to opt outside and feel the sun on your face!

Missouri is home to twelve national parks, dozens of state parks split between 6 regions, and countless other spots to enjoy nature. No matter what outdoor activity it is that your family loves to participate in, our state offers you limitless opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors.

Today, we’re going to bring you on a little tour of Missouri State Parks, highlighting one in every region. If you want to learn about additional parks or look for parks that offer certain activities, head over to the State Park System’s ‘Find Your Park’ section (here) to begin planning your next adventure.

Weston Bend State Park (Kansas City Region)

This park offers incredible views of the Missouri River from both wooded and paved trails. Whether you like to hike, bike, or camp, this park is a great option for you. Located close to Kansas City, it’s easy to escape here for just the day.

Graham Cave State Park (Northeast Region)

If you’ve ever thought about how cool it might be to explore the inside of a cave, this park is for you! This park is full of history, with artifacts dating back to thousands of years ago. Learn about the cave’s lush history through interesting exhibits, or explore the park yourself by taking one of it’s many hiking trails.

Finger Lakes State Park (Central Region)

This park is perfect for thrill seekers! It is one of Missouri’s two ATV parks, making it a home base for all of your off-road fun. If ATVs aren’t your thing, perhaps you’d enjoy the long, challenging bike or water trails that Finger Lakes State Park has to offer.

Hawn State Park (St. Louis Region)

This luscious green park is known for its great hiking trails. Towering trees, canyons, and cliffs make up the beautiful landscape Hawn State Park is known for. There is enough to do for a few days, so be sure to pack up your tent or RV.

Stockton State Park (Lakes Region)

You may not have thought that Missouri would offer many opportunities for scuba diving, but Stockton Lake gives you the perfect opportunity to dive from beach or boat. With a marina, a swimming beach, and two boat slips, this is the perfect place to enjoy all of your favorite water activities. If you are not eager to camp, take advantage of the park’s lodging or cabin accommodations.

Elephant Rocks State Park (Southeast Region)

Large, elephant-shaped boulders give this unique park its name. Formed over 1.5 billion years ago, these rocks look like a herd of elephants lounging by a lake. Another unique feature of this park is the Braille Trail which allows those with visual and physical disabilities to enjoy nature and the outdoors, as well.

Whichever park(s) you end up at this Spring or Summer, we’d love to see your pictures! Share them with us on social media for a chance to be featured on our page!

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